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Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault to cap weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Jan. 23


Case Western Reserve University honors Martin Luther King Jr.—the holiday, the man, and the legacy—with weeklong (Jan. 16-23, 2015) activities, including workshops, panel discussions, and acclaimed speakers. 


The celebration concludes with a keynote address by award-winning journalist and civil rights author Charlayne Hunter-Gault at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. convocation Friday, Jan. 23, at 12:30 p.m., at Tinkham Veale University Center’s Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom (11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland). A reception and book signing follows.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault


The events, sponsored by the President’s Office, the Office of Donor Relations and University Events and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, are free and open to the public, although online registration is encouraged. To register and for the full schedule of Case Western Reserve events celebrating King and his devotion to social justice, visit case.edu/events/mlk


Ms. Hunter-Gault, with more than 40 years working in every medium in journalism, is a trailblazer in her own right. She’s written four books: In My Place, a memoir of the civil rights movement based on her experiences as the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia; New News Out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance; To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement; and, her latest, Corrective Rape, about violence against gay women in South Africa.


Ms. Hunter-Gault joined National Public Radio (NPR) in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she worked as a national correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She began her journalism career as a reporter for The New Yorker and later worked as a news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., and as Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times.


As a global journalist, Ms. Hunter-Gault worked at NPR as a special correspondent after spending six years as CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. Before that, she worked as NPR’s chief correspondent in Africa.


Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody awards—the first for her work on “Apartheid's People,” a NewsHour series about South African life during apartheid.


Ms. Hunter-Gault has received awards and citations from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Sidney Hillman Foundation, the American Women in Radio and Television, and Amnesty International for her human rights reporting.


In 2014, she received the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum at the historic Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. In 2010, she received the D. C. Choral Arts Society Humanitarian award and, in 2011, was honored with the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award and the W. Haywood Burns award from New York’s Neighborhood Defender Service. In August 2005, she was inducted in the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.


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